The Master of Public Health in One Health degree option trains students to investigate the health linkages between humans, animals, and their shared environments. Students develop expertise in a wide variety of relevant topics, including zoonotic diseases, comparative clinical medicine, animals as sentinels, animal worker health, food safety, and the human-animal bond. They also develop innovative strategies for promoting healthy coexistence between humans and animals in sustainable local and global ecosystems. The curriculum includes courses in the supporting sciences of biostatistics and epidemiology, as well as foundational courses in exposure science, toxicology, and risk assessment. The One Health curriculum also includes a One Health survey course, a seminar in the occupational health of animal workers, an original research thesis and a practicum experience.
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Career paths of recent graduates
Graduates from the MPH in One Health degree program are well positioned to pursue careers in environmental health practice, research, or consulting, or continue on to doctoral work in the field. Recent graduates from this degree option are currently working as:
- A Research Fellow at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, a private research university in Lima, Peru (Class of 2017)
- A California Epidemiologic Investigation Service (Cal-EIS) Fellow at the California Department of Public Health (Class of 2017)
Current student profile
"My interest in One Health began while working and doing research with the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center. I have always been interested in the health and safety of agricultural workers, but I wasn’t aware of the issues facing animal agriculture workers until I started working with Dr. Peter Rabinowitz. The emerging field of One Health excites me because it allows for a three-pronged approach to identifying solutions that impact our communities. The One Health research project I’m currently working on involves being in the field and collecting human, animal, and environmental samples. For my thesis project, I will be researching lung function measurements in dairy workers.
During my time in the department, I have been able to build relationships with other students, staff, and faculty and have developed many skills that will help me give back to my community. There are many active research partnerships with vulnerable populations and faculty are truly interested in understanding the needs of the communities they serve. After graduation I plan to continue to work to improve worker health and safety in some capacity that includes doing research. I also want to be involved in outreach and public engagement in order to bring appropriate voices to the table to solve complex environmental and occupational health challenges."
Recent student research projects
3rd-Generation Cephalosporin Resistance in Retail Meat from the U.S. National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS)
Student: Anika Larson (2017)
Faculty Advisor: Peter Rabinowitz
Occupational Injuries of Aquaculture Workers in Washington State
Student: Kali Turner (2017)
Faculty Advisor: Peter Rabinowitz
More information & requirements
The MPH in One Health is a 2-year degree. Students in this option complete both a practicum and a research thesis as a culminating experience. Potential practicum sites include medical clinics and hospitals, the Washington One Health Initiative involving state health and agriculture agencies and other partners, CDC, emerging disease programs, disease mapping organizations, climate change organizations, homeless health care organizations, conservation medicine sites, and wildlife health organizations, both in the US and internationally.
Funding Opportunities: A limited number of Occupational Health at the Human Animal Interface (OHHAI) Scholarships, including tuition and stipend, are offered through the UW Center for One Health Research. The OHHAI training program is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health through the UW Northwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety. The two-year OHHAI training program promotes a "One Health" approach to safeguarding the health of animal workers. OHHAI Scholars do their practicum and thesis work on topics related to animal worker occupational health. Animal workers interact with animals in a wide range of settings ranging from veterinary clinics to research laboratories, farms, markets, zoos, aquariums, and wildlife environments. They face unique and important health issues including exposure to zoonotic infectious diseases, allergens, and injury risks. For more information about this specialized training opportunity, including availability of funding, please contact Vickie Ramirez, Senior Research Coordinator/Program Coordinator, Center for One Health Research (firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-685-2654).